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Re: Sendmail vs Exim vs Others

On Thu, Jan 29, 2004 at 09:40:28PM -0800, Steve Lamb wrote:
> Adam Aube wrote:
> >My personal preference is qmail. Not sure if it's available in the
> >Debian archive or not, but you can check out www.qmail.org for more
> >info - look for the links to netqmail.
> Probably not given the nature of its license.

Yes and no.  There is a qmail-src package which will create a debianized
package for installation.

> >qmail, by default, will not relay AT ALL, and I have found it very
> >easy to install and setup.
> o.O  I've had to work with QMail and I have to say that it is one big
> giant headache.  It was last actively developed in a day and age when
> SMTP could be fairly open.  To get any decent security requires that
> you need to patch in at least 6-7 different patches because the
> license forbids redistribution of modified source.

The qmail-src package applies a few of the more useful patches when it
creates the binary package.

> Compared to my work with Exim QMail is one big giant nightmare.  

QMail can be quite inflexible at times.  I haven't worked with Exim on
the same level as QMail yet, but do like what I've seen of Exim so far
and am planning on migrating to it in place of QMail

> In short, QMail is the Windows of MTAs.  Sure, you can get it to work
> but doing so is more trouble than its worth and maintaining it is even
> worse.

That just FUD.  It may not be the easiest MTA to work with but the above
is just misleading and wrong.

Jamin W. Collins

To be nobody but yourself when the whole world is trying it's best night
and day to make you everybody else is to fight the hardest battle any
human being will fight. -- E.E. Cummings

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